April 26–Updated at 10:32 p.m.
A Marine has been charged with the death of a motorcyclist.
While traveling west on N.C. 210 Monday afternoon, Steven Joseph Crane, 21, of Camp Lejeune attempted to slow the seven-ton military truck he was driving, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Timothy Silance.
“Traffic in front of (Crane) had slowed down abruptly,” Silance said.
To avoid hitting the vehicles in front of him, Crane turned the truck into the oncoming traffic lane, Silance said. Thomas , 68, of Sneads Ferry was driving his motorcycle east on N.C. 210 and was hit by the truck.
“He was instantly killed,” Silance said.
Silance said he was called to the crash at 4:45 p.m. and troopers finished up at the scene around 8 p.m.
Crane had one passenger with him in the truck, 20-year-old Dominic Selcer, also a Marine at Camp Lejeune. Neither Marine was injured in the crash.
Crane was charged with driving left of center and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, Silance said.
The Highway Patrol is investigating a crash, and Camp Lejeune Director of Public Affairs Nat Fahy confirmed the wreck involved a military vehicle.
Few details were immediately available.
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